We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia L. Hatcher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cynthia L., can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
In my young adulthood, I knew I wanted to have my own business. My first thought was to create greeting cards. I desired freedom. I grew tired of asking could I have certain days off. As I grew older and had my daughter, I got tired of missing different programs in her early school years.
The day came when I saw one of her school pictures and her hair was messy. I made my decision then to make a plan to quit my corporate job and be home for my child.
My plan was to use a program offered by my corporate employer to go to school and gain skills.
When I graduated, I quit my corporate job and started my own business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was at a program and listened to a man speak about living our dreams. It changed my life. I began to search myself and knew I would write, even if I never got paid to do it. Being a writer was my dream.
After I wrote my first book titled, The Abuser’s Daughter, other people began to ask me how I did it.
I started hosting workshops which lead into a small publishing company.
I’ve published over 1100 writers.
I set a lifetime goal of writing 60 books by the age of 65. As of this date, I am working on book number thirty-three.
There were many times I wanted to quit and go work for a corporate full-time again. But I loved what I was doing and the difference I made in the lives of my clients.
There are many challenges to overcome as a business owner. I started a couple of businesses before it transformed into what I loved to do. There are some great financial months and some are not as great as others. I believe we go through life one time. Live the life you want.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to the art galleries in my area. Then we would eat at one of the many restaurants in our downtown area. I would take them to a small town a little north of my home and spend a couple of days there shopping, eating, taking boat and horse rides. We would also take time sitting by the water.
I would definitely have a spa day. Getting body massages and lounging at the Salt Spa.
That last day, on Friday, I would take them to the ArtWalk. There, we could enjoy the creativity and art from musicians, painters, seamstress, mimes, writers, open mic performers and many others.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My first thanks and shoutout is to GOD, for the gift of creativity, wisdom and life. I would like to shoutout my husband, Richard who is my sounding board and supporter of my dream.
I would like to shoutout Tracy Atkinson who gave me my first start at workshops in her bookstore and Valarie Southall, who was the first person to financially sow into my dream.
I would not be who I am today without the Aspiring Writers Association of America (AWAOA) that assists in keeping my dream alive.
Rynelle Walker Photography